I’ve decided that my fill did me good and I hope it lasts. I’m down 2 pounds since Tuesday and I didn’t realize til today that I have now lost 10% of my weight and hope to reap some health benefits however small it may be. I honestly thought a measly 1cc (total of 4cc in a 10cc band) wouldn’t be all that earth shattering, but what a difference. I have restriction and can’t eat a lot of food. Friday night’s pizza was just a memory of a tiny slice eaten, then trying just one more bite—3 hours of pain. Last night I was able to eat a cup of chicken parmesan noodles, although it took me almost an hour to eat, chew, eat, chew, chew, chew. This morning I am still restricted after an egg and half a slice of toast. WARNING: if you feel that pain and think a glass of water will wash it down—NO! Don’t do it. For those wondering about the feeling of being stuck or full, it’s like swallowing a big candy by mistake. The esophagus/stomach goes into spasm, there is pain and no matter how you want it to just go down, it won’t. Like the candy, when it has dissolved you feel relief, the same as the food moving through to the bottom of the stomach. Band Groupie posted a neat picture of the stoma of the little pouch, so if you missed it make sure you take a look—it isn't just a big hole. I am learning not to take that one more bite—something hard to do since I am so used to just stuffing my mouth without thought. It’s going to take me a lot more time to get into that habit. I have come to the realization that I won’t be able to eat big bites and that it will take me a long time to eat just a little bit. As I ate my measly cup of food last night, I watched two episodes of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. For those who haven’t seen the show the host is Guy Fieri (from Guy’s Big Bite). He tours around the States looking for good food in Diners, Drive-ins and Dives—but the quantities are huge. He always tries these wonderful looking dishes and takes this humongous bite of food. He would have finished my measly little 1 cup in 1 bite! I love him—he is hilarious and fun and has this real cool spikey blond hair. He is always cooking with Sonoma County’s best—wine.
I’ve been able to catch up on a lot of blogs over the last few days and am staying motivated by all the posts I read. Some of you are wondering how to keep up with reading blogs. If you haven’t discovered Google Reader, I find it the easiest to see the most recent posts from a blog. If you open your Dashboard, in the bottom right hand corner is a link to View in Google Reader. It highlights post that haven’t been read. When I am away for a bit of time, I’m not able to read everything so just click on the button Mark All as Read and it starts again.
Daylight Savings Time has just sprung our clocks forward here. We lost an hour. It will be so hard getting up for work tomorrow morning and they say that accidents increase the Monday following the time change. The only time I loved losing that hour was when I worked the midnight shift and we lost the hour between 2:00 and 3:00. Oh well, it will be lighter out tonight until after 7:00 pm so that’s a good thing and in 5 days we will have more than 12 hours of light at the Spring equinox. It’s so all those farmers can stay out in their fields ploughing later in the day! And tomorrow—the Ides of March—is my birthday—I’ll be posting some thoughts about that tomorrow. My daughter and her boyfriend are bringing steaks over tonight for dinner. Not that I’ll be able to eat it but at least I’ll enjoy the company. She also decorates cakes and said she is bringing a special dessert for me. Here is one she made last year for the BF’s Birthday—he loves Super Mario. Well it is now 12:00 (actually only 11:00) so I best get off the couch and have a shower.
Before I go, good luck to Ashli who is having surgery on Monday, March 15th. You’ll do great! And see you on the other side!